Secretary of State John Kerry approval rating rises

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Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.
Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.
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Secretary of State John Kerry has higher approval ratings than President Obama and Vice President Biden, a poll released Monday shows.

Gallup found that 60% of Americans approve of the job Kerry is doing, compared to 31% who disapprove.

The summer has always been tough on President Obama, but as we head into fall, Americans are still not satisfied with what he’s doing in the Oval Office. According to Gallup, 45% approve of his handling of the presidency compared to the 51% who disapprove. Vice President Biden is faring better, with 51% approving and 39% disapproving.

“Kerry has been secretary of state since February, maintaining an active presence on the international stage almost from the start,” Gallup reported. “In addition to his high profile in the Syria matter, he has been involved in trying to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and asking China for assistance with North Korea.”

This is not the first time a secretary of state has had higher approval ratings than the president or vice president. In 2005, after the Iraq invasion, Condoleezza Rice’s approval rating was 61% while President George W. Bush was at 52%.

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Secretary of State John Kerry approval rating rises

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